Why adults indulge in behaviors that place them at risk for HIV/AIDS infection: A North Texas AIDS clinic example
Hughes, Helen Elizabeth
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The purpose of the study was to determine some of the internal motivations that adult HIV-infected persons from a North Texas AIDS clinic identify as relevant to their indulging in HIV/AIDS risk behaviors. The participants of the study (N = 29) were self-selected from a group of clients at a North Texas Health Care Clinic. The study was a retrospective study and used the Health Belief Model as a theoretical framework. The paper and pencil self-report instrument contained general demographic inquiries, the five original research questions, and questions that were drawn from the Texas Department of Public Health North Texas HIV-AIDS 2000 Report. These questions were concerned with HIV/AIDS knowledge, safe sex behaviors, condom use, and drug use/abuse. The theory of optimum bias, AIDS bias, and the handicap principle were among the motivating factors discussed. The participants provided insightful strategies for health and prevention education. Implications for Health Studies practice and recommendations for further research are included.